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Letters 08-31-2015

Inalienable Rights This is a response to the “No More State Theatre” in your August 24th edition. I think I will not be the only response to this pathetic and narrow-minded letter that seems rather out of place in the northern Michigan that I know. To think we will not be getting your 25 cents for the movie you refused to see, but more importantly we will be without your “two cents” on your thoughts of a marriage at the State Theatre...

Enthusiastically Democratic Since I was one of the approximately 160 people present at when Senator Debbie Stabenow spoke on August 14 in Charlevoix, I was surprised to read in a letter to Northern Express that there was a “rather muted” response to Debbie’s announcement that she has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president...

Not Hurting I surely think the State Theatre will survive not having the homophobic presence of Colleen Smith and her family attend any matinees. I think “Ms.” Smith might also want to make sure that any medical personnel, bank staff, grocery store staff, waiters and/or waitress, etc. are not homosexual before accepting any service or product from them...

Stay Home I did not know whether to laugh or cry when I read the letter of the extremely homophobic, “disgusted” writer. She now refuses to patronize the State Theatre because she evidently feels that its confines have been poisoned by the gay wedding ceremony held there...

Keep Away In response to Colleen Smith of Cadillac who refused to bring her family to the State Theatre because there was a gay wedding there: Keep your 25 cents and your family out of Traverse City...

Celebrating Moore And A Theatre I was 10 years old when I had the privilege to see my first film at the State Theatre. I will never forget that experience. The screen was almost the size of my bedroom I shared with my older sister. The bursting sounds made me believe I was part of the film...

Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith. She made public her choice to no longer go to the State Theater due to the fact that “some homosexuals” got married there. I’m not outraged by her choice; we don’t need any more hateful, self-righteous bigots in our town. She can keep her 25 cents...

Mackinac Pipeline Must Be Shut Down Crude oil flowing through Enbridge’s 60-yearold pipeline beneath the Mackinac Straits and the largest collection of fresh water on the planet should be a serious concern for every resident of the USA and Canada. Enbridge has a very “accident” prone track record...

Your Rights To Colleen, who wrote about the State Theatre: Let me thank you for sharing your views; I think most of us are well in support of the first amendment, because as you know- it gives everyone the opportunity to express their opinions. I also wanted to thank Northern Express for not shutting down these types of letters right at the source but rather giving the community a platform for education...

No Role Model [Fascinating Person from last week’s issue] Jada quoted: “I want to be a role model for girls who are interested in being in the outdoors.” I enjoy being in the outdoors, but I don’t want to kill animals for trophy...

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George Foster - March 6th, 2003
The Best of our Commander-in-chiefs
As we prepare for yet another war in the Middle East, our president‘s performance as the leader of the U.S. military forces will undoubtedly come under scrutiny.
What makes a good commander-in-chief? It seems to me the required qualities are superior strategic and leadership skills during battle, along with accompanying diplomatic and political abilities to avoid senseless war. Here is a ranking of the best and worst commander-in-chiefs in U.S. history.
(1) Abraham Lincoln. With only minimal military experience in the Mexican War, Honest Abe‘s vision and will to win the Civil War far exceeded most of his commanding officers in the Union army. It is safe to assume that, without Lincoln, the Confederacy would have prevailed, our country split in two and slavery would have continued in the South.
(2) John Kennedy. Though his term was brief and has the Bay of Pigs fiasco on its record, JFK is ranked high because of his handling of the Cuban missile crises in 1962. The potential of nuclear war was averted as a result of Kennedy‘s tough, but quiet diplomacy. JFK might have saved millions of lives.
(3) George Bush Sr. The elder Bush and his administration did a magnificent job of forming an unlikely coalition of many countries through the United Nations in order to kick Iraqi troops out of Kuwait. Best of all, it was done with incredibly low causalities for the allies.
(4) Theodore Roosevelt. Teddy was vastly underrated as a commander-in-chief. At the beginning of the 20th century several nations including Germany threatened us with superior military might. Time and again, these potential adversaries backed off after dealing with the president. Why? Roosevelt‘s combative image helped reinforce his mantra to speak softly and carry a big stick.
(5) George Washington. Without the father of our country, there would be no United States. Washington willed a poorly equipped band of revolutionaries to a stunning victory over that era‘s reigning superpower - England. Washington is ranked this low only because most of his legendary exploits resulted before he became the official commander-in-chief of our country.
(39). Franklin Roosevelt. When we were finally attacked by Japan, the U.S. was ill-prepared for war.
(40) Nixon. Richard Nixon‘s continuation of the Vietnam War and underestimation of our adversaries cost tens of thousands of American lives.
(41) Johnson. His Vietnam War legacy is worse than Nixon‘s because Lyndon Johnson realized early in his term that winning such a war was futile.
(42) William McKinley. Groundless newspaper sensationalism convinced this spineless president to stumble into the Spanish-American War.
(43) Truman. A butcher. Harry Truman could have overseen the conclusion of World War II and the Korean War with far less loss of life. As commander-in-chief, Truman ranks at the bottom of any list of U.S. presidents.
(Incomplete) - George W. Bush. The report card is still out on our current president though he is off to a very shaky start. He did squash puny Afghanistan, but our main target, Osama bin Laden, slipped out of the country. Six months ago, Bush demanded that Ariel Sharon remove Israeli troops from the West Bank region. Sharon refused and Israeli troops are still there, today. North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il has defied the U.S. by kicking weapons inspectors out of the country, firing up nuclear plants, and threatening to use his weapons of mass destruction against his enemies (most everyone else on the planet).
There is little time to focus on the imposing threats of bin Laden, Israel/Palestine, and North Korea because of our current commander-in-chief‘s obsession with the contained and relatively defenseless Iraq. Only history can show the wisdom of this strategy and provide the final rating for George W. Bush.





 
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